A fascinating example of the unique contribution of this project appeared unobtrusively on the pages of the Jerusalem Post In the brief news item, it was reported that the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man who had been found guilty of killing four women by setting fire to the place they were employed. He had originally received a sentence of life-imprisonment for that murder done out of religious fervor (!). The Supreme Court now ruled the man as mentally incompetent, not responsible for his actions. The man had believed that he was the Messiah, and that the Holy Spirit had ordered him to set the fire.
What the reporter was not aware of is that this same man was a recalcitrant husband who had been refusing to give his wife her Get, for the same reason-that he was the Messiah.
This was one of the files that the IYIM Agunah and Get-Refusal Prevention Project successfully resolved. At the time the husband had been incarcerated for a year, maintaining his refusal to give his wife a Get. After studying the case in depth and after several lengthy meetings with the wife, Dr. Rachel Levmore, director of the project, advised the wife and saw to it that the personal Rabbi of the husband became involved.
A few days after that, and when the threat of the Rabbinical Court levying sanctions upon him in prison became immanent, the husband notified that he wanted to give the Get. The great success of this project is that this was done months before the ruling of the Supreme Court declaring him legally incompetent. A ruling of incompetency prevents the man from giving a Get according to the Halakha, since he has no understanding of his actions. If the man had held out until after the ruling of incompetency, his wife would have remained an aguna for as long as the husband continued to live. The intense work invested in the case brought about her freedom and the opportunity for her and her children to live a normal life.